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Image:Symonds, John Addington.jpg|thumb|Symonds, picture for Walt Whitman, dated 1889 File:John Addington Symonds (poet) by Myers.jpg|thumb|Symonds by Eveleen Tennant File:John Addington Symonds (poet) by Orsi.jpg|thumb|Symonds by Carlo Orsi '''John Addington Symonds''' (; 5 October 1840 – 19 April 1893) was an English poet and literary critic. A cultural historian, he was known for his work on the Renaissance, as well as numerous biographies of writers and artists. Although he married and had a family, he was an early advocate of homosexuality|male love (homosexuality), which he believed could include pederasty|pederastic as well as gay|egalitarian relationships, referring to it as ''l'amour de l'impossible'' (love of the impossible). He also wrote much poetry inspired by his homosexual affairs.
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